Last time I was saying that I will tell you a little bit about a wonderful place, my grandparents village, the place where I grew up, where I spent my every summer vacation, until I became an adult and some of the magic of life diminished. Now I can enjoy that place just one or two weeks per year, in comparison with two or three months when I was a child. Maybe that’s the reason why this place has so much meaning for me and will always have.
Another reason to love this village is that is still protected from everything that means modern life. Here, people still enjoy gardening and working the fields without modern machineries, but with animals they raised in their own yards. This is the place where I can eat organic vegetables that still have a rich taste, this is the place where I can eat the best homemade cheese, made by my grandmother and this is the place where I can eat all those cakes made with homemade butter and organic eggs from chickens raised in a big yard, fed whit fresh grass and corn. Every time I go there, I’m amazed by how yellow is the egg yolk and how tasty those eggs are.
Nowadays, spending vacation there, is a real relaxation, especially in summertime when you can have as much fresh vegetables, berries and other seasonal fruits as you want. The summer days are not so hot as it feels in a big, crowded city. Mornings and evenings are chilly and the air feels fresh.
I love everything about this place, the way that those green hills are everywhere you look, the way that people live here, still valuing the small details of life, the way that time passes, slowly and without fuss. Here, people still know that true relations are formed and maintained throw sincere and simple gestures. They are still protected from the superficiality of what modern life and communication is. I just wish that this village stays like this forever, for me to always have a place to fill myself with peace, beauty and simple pleasures.
I thought that maybe my little story and watching all these photos will make you hungry so I prepared a simple and delicious Brown Rice with Green Beans and Garlic.
I conclude: There should be just one season, summer and there should be garlic in everything!
Green Beans with Brown Rice and Garlic
13 oz green beans
1 cup brown rice
1 cup coconut milk
1 head garlic
1 red pepper
Place brown rice, coconut milk, salt and 2 cups water in a pot and set over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally to keep rice from sticking to the bottom of the pot and burning.
Once the coconut-water has begun to gently bubble, stop stirring and reduce heat to low. Cover with a lid and let simmer 20-30 minutes, or until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the rice. Turn off the heat and let the rice to absorb all the liquid.
Cook green beans, covered, in boiling salted water until crisp-tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Cut the red pepper and garlic and sauté in olive oil, 3 to 5 minutes. Then combine green beans with rice, red pepper and garlic, season with salt and pepper (and other spices, if you wish) and add chopped parsley and dill. You can serve it warm or cold. I ate it with a big bowl of fresh red cabbage salad.
Until next time, enjoy the autumn days and everything this season brings!